God is so good to allow life’s hard seasons – the valleys – to be tempered with seasons of green pastures and quiet waters. The hardest part for us is walking as closely with God in times of ease as we do in times of hardship. In the valleys, we pray desperately. But in the verdant pastures, we tend to forget Him and think we have earned the goodness happening to us. God warned the Israelites of this. He said, “When the Lord your God brings you into the land he swore to your fathers…filled with all kinds of good things you did not provide…be careful that you do not forget the Lord” (Deuteronomy 6: 10-12). So how do we stay mindful of Him? Offer God continual prayers of thanksgiving – whether you’re in the valley or on the mountaintop. Doing so will remind you that the blessings you enjoy are not a matter of your own merit, but are all because of His grace.